Think 20 Summit 2017 – GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
mandated by the German G20 presidency

Summary: 20 Global Solutions for the G20

The Group of Twenty (G20) is an international forum that brings together the world’s leading industrialised and emerging economies. The group accounts for 85% of world GDP and two-thirds of its population. The first summit of the G20 took place in Berlin in 1999. In 2017, the G20 summit returns to Germany.

To mark Germany’s G20 presidency in 2017, the Think 20 (T20) network of premier Think Tanks from the G20 economies will gather on 29-31 May 2017 in Berlin. Having GLOBAL SOLUTIONS as its motto, the summit will deliver policy recommendations for G20 leaders – 20 global solutions for the G20. Think tank experts will engage with political, business and civil society leaders, to discuss global solutions to vital G20 policy challenges.

At a Glance

Think 20 Summit 2017 – GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

After 2017, GLOBAL SOLUTIONS will become the motto of an annual symposium in Berlin that will continue to accompany the G20 process informally.

Think Tanks: T20 Co-Chairs and Session Organizers

African Tax Administration Forum

Pretoria, South Africa


Washington D.C., USA


Brussels, Belgium


Waterloo, Canada


Bonn, Germany


Rio de Janeiro / São Paulo, Brazil

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Hamburg, Germany

Hertie School of Governance

Berlin, Germany

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

New Delhi, India

IfW Kiel

Kiel, Germany

International Panel on Social Progress

Paris, France /

New Jersey, USA


Sidney, Australia


Berlin, Germany


New Delhi, India

Stiftung Mercator

Essen, Germany


Paris, France


New Delhi, India

Oxford Martin School

Oxford, UK

Renmin University

Beijing, China


Frankfurt, Germany


Shanghai, China


Ankara, Turkey

Programme and Speakers


Check G20-Insightsfor additional information.


Selected Highlights of the T20 summit 2017

George A. Akerlof

George A. Akerlof

Georgetown University,
Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2001

Sir Michael Arthur

Sir Michael Arthur

President Boeing Europe;

Former British Ambassador to Germany

Joachim von Braun

Joachim von Braun

Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Pascal Lamy

Pascal Lamy

Former President,
World Trade Organisation;

President Emeritus,
Jacques Delors Institute

Ed Lazear

Ed Lazear

Stanford Graduate School of Business,
Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors to the U.S. President

Arun Maira

Arun Maira

Chairman HelpAge International;
Former Member Planning Commission India

Thomas Mirow

Thomas Mirow

Former President European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Irene Natividad

Irene Natividad

President, Global Summit of Women

Edmund Strother Phelps

Edmund Strother Phelps

Columbia University,
Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2006

Viviane Reding

Viviane Reding

European Parliament,
Member of the European Parliament;

Former Vice-President of the European Commission

Lars-Hendrik Röller

Lars-Hendrik Röller

G20 Sherpa;

Office of the German Chancellor, Director-General of the Economic and Financial Policy Division

Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs

Columbia University,
UN Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals

Michael Spence

Michael Spence

NYU Stern School of Business,
Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2001

Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner

Oxford University,
Director Oxford Martin School


Chairing Think Tanks

Academic Partners

Academic Partners

Network Partners

Supporting Partners

Implementation Partner

Conference Management

Become a Partner

We invite institutions and organisations (think tanks, academic institutions, companies, foundations, etc.) wishing to contribute to join us as knowledge and network partners.

Please get in touch with Dr Julia Stamm, Director Global Solutions, to discuss the possibilities.


We will have a limited number of scholarships available for graduates, early-career researchers and professionals.

More detailed information will follow soon.

Please send an e-mail with your contact details to find out more.


If you wish to be accredited, please contact us.


European School for Management and Technology

The conference will be held at European School of Management and Technology Berlin (ESMT), directly in the heart of the city at Schlossplatz 1. The historical campus of ESMT Berlin is a noteworthy example of Germany’s modern architectural heritage. Until 1989 the building housed the headquarters of the East German government. After reunification, it was used in varying functions and was the temporary office of the German chancellor from 1999 to 2001. It has since been renovated and transformed into one of Germany’s most modern educational centers.


Dr Julia Stamm, Conference Management
Director Global Solutions Berlin Office

Tel: +49 (0)30 29021 11404
Fax: +49 (0)30 29021 536

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Askanischer Platz 3
10963 Berlin

Press inquiries: press@tagesspiegel.de

Dr Dennis Görlich, Conference Content, Speaker Management and Think Tank Coordination
Managing Director Global Economic Symposium

Tel: +49 (0)431 8814 325
Fax: +49 (0)431 8814 500

Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
Institut für Weltwirtschaft Kiel (IfW)
Kiellinie 66
24105 Kiel

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